Cast Encapsulation of Unfinished Ceramic Armor Tiles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QX-11-C-0045
Agency Tracking Number: A102-063-0365
Amount: $120,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: A10-063
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
57640 North Eleventh St., Calumet, MI, 49913
DUNS: 829921134
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Josh Loukus
 (906) 337-3018
Business Contact
 Josh Loukus
Title: President
Phone: (906) 337-3018
Research Institution
Presently, the Army experiences numerous problems with existing manufacturing processes for the metal encapsulation of ceramic tiles within the current inventory of armor solutions. REL, Inc. will address the specific problems of directly casting the encapsulated ceramic structure to net/near net shape and the high cost of ceramic tile finishing practices currently required for existing ceramic panel designs through the identification and implementation of a new manufacturing process. This process will allow the ceramic tiles to remain unfinished before encapsulation, thereby eliminating the need for close tolerances and greatly reducing manufacturing costs while increasing the quality and consistency of the end product. Ultimately, this will result in the availability of more systems through the establishment of a new industry standard that will provide the required legacy and future platform for an innovative integrate and materials process for the survivability of the Warfighter.

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